I’ve been thinking about this for a while: if there is a photo, drawing etc. of me that I made, how would I say I created it, using this phrase:

I took a photo of {pronoun}.

“Of” causes some weird things, so I’m very unsure of what pronoun to use.

Would the pronoun be “me”, or would it be “myself?” Why is it that way?


Use "myself":

I took a photo of myself.

The "of" has very little to do with it, except that "to take a photo of" expects a direct object. In English, when the object of a clause is the same as the subject, reflexive pronouns are used:

  • Me -> myself
  • You -> yourself (singular), yourselves (plural)
  • He -> himself
  • She -> herself
  • It -> itself
  • Us -> ourselves
  • They -> themselves

These are used when the direct object is the same as the subject.

  • He sees me. (Not reflexive)
  • I see him. (Not reflexive)
  • He sees himself. (Reflexive)
  • I see myself. (Reflexive)

These are also used when the indirect object is the same as the subject.

  • I gave myself a pat on the back.
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